How THE LONE RANGER Failed the Children
July 09, 2013

By Ben Kayser, Associate Editor Why did the Lone Ranger ride into theaters only to fail miserably at the box office? What went wrong with the beloved hero and role model that multiple generations grew up watching? A few will blame the director, others will blame the marketing team, and some might just believe the competition was too tough. What few are pointing out is the obvious fact that Disney’s THE LONE RANGER is not a movie for kids. Recent numbers are already coming out showing that 58 percent of moviegoers that went to see THE LONE RANGER were over the age of 35. Only 16 percent of the moviegoers were under the age of 18. Disney shouldn’t be surprised at all by these numbers for several reasons. The Lone Ranger character was ...
 

 
Weekend Report July 5-7, 2013
July 07, 2013

July 5-7, 2013       Select a studio's button to see that studio's 2013 Report Card DESPICABLE ME 2 blows away THE LONE RANGER Universal’s DESPICABLE ME 2 did an astounding $142 million over the long weekend leaving Disney’s THE LONE RANGER in the dust. THE HEAT took third followed by MONSTERS UNIVERSITY and WORLD WAR Z.   MONSTERS UNIVERSITY became the first 2013 animation to pass the $200 million mark, but DESPICABLE ME 2 looks as if it will surpass that in less than a week. It is on track to be one of the biggest animation hits of all time.   Color codes +4Exemplary +3Moral +2Good +1Worthwhile -1Caution -2Exreme Caution...
 

 
Making Minions -- DESPICABLE ME 2
Making Minions -- DESPICABLE ME 2
July 03, 2013

Making Minions- DESPICABLE ME 2 By Evy Baehr, Managing Editor Movieguide® had the opportunity to hear from the writers of DESPICABLE ME 2, Ken Daurio and Cinco Paul. Daurio and Paul put in some wonderful content in the first DESPICABLE ME, with the little girls praying before they went to bed. In the same vein, DESPICABLE ME 2 shows a man truly transformed by love. Take a look at what the directors have to say.   Q: Everybody loves the minions. They are great all the time. How do you know how much to include them in the movie? PAUL: Possibly we have never pushed it far enough to know but I think we decided 47 percent was the right percentage, so you guys can quote us on that, its very mathematical… Daurio: Yes, because everybody...
 

 
Steve Carell Isn’t So Despicable in Despicable Me 2 -- Inside Story!
Steve Carell Isn’t So Despicable in Despicable Me 2 -- Inside Story!
July 02, 2013

Steve Carell isn’t so Despicable in Despicable Me 2. Inside story! By Evy Baehr, Managing Editor DESPICABLE ME 2 is a wonderful animated movie about a former villain, Gru, who has been completely transformed and no longer wants to take part in evil tasks. Gru has adopted three adorable little girls who long for a mother, but Gru is scared of dating. All the while, an evil villain needs to be stopped and Gru is brought into an anti-villain group in order to save the world. DESPICABLE ME 2 is a wonderful movie, which has a lot of heart. Movieguide® had the opportunity to hear from Steve Carell.   You have a teenage daughter, do you feel like you're already experiencing similar things that Gru is experiencing with his daughters...
 

 
Behind the Scenes of Ron Maxwell’s New Civil War Movie, COPPERHEAD
Behind the Scenes of Ron Maxwell’s New Civil War Movie, COPPERHEAD
July 01, 2013

Behind the Scenes of Ron Maxwell’s New Civil War Movie, COPPERHEAD By Evy Baehr, Managing Editor Movieguide® had the opportunity to speak with Ron Maxwell, the director of Gettysburg, Gods and Generals, and now Copperhead. COPPERHEAD is a civil war drama that begs the question of whether the North should go to war against the South. This was a very controversial decision during this time period because it involved families against each other, brothers and fathers fighting for different sides. Question:  How do you get passionate about the stories that motivate you to produce? Maxwell:  I have to have a visceral connection with the story, and I have to feel like I want to tell it and that I’m the one to tell it. I have to belie...
 

 
Ted Baehr Speaks At Hollywood Summit
Ted Baehr Speaks At Hollywood Summit
June 27, 2013

Hollywood and the mainstream press are finally honoring the importance of faith and family in a public way. For the second year in a row, Variety, the granddaddy of all entertainment industry press outlets (now in its 98th year), brought out a bevy of top Hollywood executives, producers, writers, and artists, some of them Christians, to discuss the popularity of Christian, family– friendly, and faith– friendly movies and television programs at a special summit. Nearly 50 key players in the entertainment industry spoke at the day– long summit held Friday in Beverly Hills at the beautiful Four Seasons Hotel, where many celebrities stay and where many major movie studios hold press junkets for their upcoming projects. The highlight ...
 

 
Sony Movie Stands Tall
Sony Movie Stands Tall
June 24, 2013

  Sony Movie Stands Tall By Dr. Ted Baehr, Publisher of Movieguide® Sony Affirm has figured out the faith film market by doing great drama like SOUL SURFER with the faith woven into the fabric of the story. The producer of SOUL SURFER, David Zelon, asked me two years ago to look at the script for their latest movie, WHEN THE GAME STANDS TALL. This is the true story of the incredible, humble, faith-filled coach of the De LaSalle Spartans football team, Bob Ladouceur. Bob led the struggling team to 12 undefeated seasons, the longest winning streak in sports history.  In the midst of this great story, the Sony Affirm team found a terrific movie, starting with the crisis, when the winning streak was finally broken. At that point, C...
 

 
Weekend Report June 21-23, 2013
June 23, 2013

June 21-23, 2013       Select a studio's button to see that studio's 2013 Report Card MONSTERS tops Monster Weekend MONSTERS UNIVERSITY toped a very strong weekend in which the second and third place movies made more than most first place movies make. WOrLD WAR Z came in a strong second and MAN OF STEEL showed its metal in third. THIS IS THE END and NOW YOU SEE ME rounded out the top five.   Disney is on a roll. MONSTERS UNIVERSITY looks like it could top $200 million. That would mean all three Disney releases this year have topped the $200 million mark with THE LONE RANGER set to debut next. That is a very enviable record made possible in part by avoidi...
 

 
Randy Alcorn’s ‘Eternity’ now a graphic novel
Randy Alcorn’s ‘Eternity’ now a graphic novel
June 19, 2013

Randy Alcorn’s ‘Eternity’ now a graphic novel By April R. Phillips, editorial intern at MOVIEGUIDE®               One of the hottest media formats today is now host to one of the biggest names in Christian writing -- Randy Alcorn -- in the June-release of the graphic novel, “Eternity.”             Graphic novels, with their comic book-like illustrations, appeal to children and adults. Art Ayris, CEO and publisher of Kingstone Comics, recognizes that comics and Christian themes are booming.             “Anywhere you want to look -- TV and Internet shows, movies, books . . . “The Bible” as the number one-rated cable show, or the growing line of faith-based movies. Now -- why not comics...
 

 
Rumor, Spin, and Ignorance - How We Lost History and Common Sense
June 18, 2013

Rumor, Spin, and Ignorance: How We Lost History and Common Sense By Dr. Ted Baehr Not too long ago, a major international encyclopedic publisher asked me for an article on fantasy and film. When I wrote about the early days of Georges Melies and his fantasy films, including A TRIP TO THE MOON (1902), in the early 1900s, the point person, an esteemed Ivy League professor, insisted there was no fantasy in movies before A WIZARD OF OZ (1939). This academic myopia was refuted soon thereafter when Martin Scorsese came out with his great movie HUGO (2011), which featured the story of Melies. No one wants to blame any particular academic institution for such revisionist history, mainly because we love education, which comes from the Latin wo...
 

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